Skip to comments.Researchers Find No Significant Health Benefits From Vitamin D Supplements
Posted on 01/26/2014 8:37:57 PM PST by chessplayer
Healthy people taking vitamin D supplements are unlikely to see any significant impact when it comes to preventing broken bones or cardiovascular conditions, claims new research appearing in the latest edition of The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
According to the AFP news agency, the study authors reviewed more than 40 previous trials in order to determine whether or not use of these vitamin supplements achieved a benchmark of reducing the risk of heart attacks, strokes, cancer or bone fractures by at least 15 percent.
Previous research had seen a strong link between vitamin D deficiency and poor health in these areas, the news agency said. However, the new study strengthens arguments that vitamin D deficiency is usually the result of ill health not the cause of it, and the authors report that there is little justification for doctors to prescribe vitamin D supplements as a preventive measure for these disorders.
Yeah,,,and vitamin C deficiency doesn't cause health problems, bad health causes vitamin c deficiency. I knew it was just a matter of time before Big Pharma/Big Drugs started targeting Vitamin D3 supplements. There isn't a vitamin or mineral supplement they don't want to make illegal. The BBC article says the Lancet study said there is no need for more studies as they won't contradict their study.
Why would they want us to take care of ourselves and to not be on our way out?
Were they smart enough this time to say whether they studied Vitamin D3???? Or just the ubiquitous Vitamin “D”? Sheesh...I am getting sick of this.
Some of these revelations make me picture two guys in three week old yellow underwear, with hot dog skewers and marshmallows in their living room, with a tape drive TRS-80 and a black and white monitor with hacked up food on it.
For every research study out there, there a ten others that will point to diametrically opposed conclusions.
I’ll continue taking my 5000 iu of D 3.
I don’t know about others, but for me daily exercise for 25 minutes on treadmill helps like crazy to keep my BP in check, my glucose in check, and my heart works better. I take no supplements on regular basis. May be a vitamin pill once a week is all. But I eat lots of fruits and veggies.
This article goes even further and says vitamin d supplements won’t help the elderly, either. It also says further studies are not needed because the science is now settled.
A, D, and K2 interact in complicated ways - supplementing with one when you're not getting enough of the others can make things worse.
Ill continue taking my 5000 iu of D 3.
Ditto—D3 is one of the few vitamins that makes sense to take—particularly after blood work reveals a deficiency.
I have almost always exercised...been active my whole life (62)....but...I think I have a Vitamin D3 deficiency, and must take it....course...I live in a state where sun doesn’t often shine...
All hail Big Pharma .....
My D was checked over a year ago and it was on the bottom so doc has me taking D3, 2000 IU every day. If I didn’t have enough, makes sense to take it. It’s a small softgel so it’s easy to take, Walgreens brand, 300 in a bottle.
The Lancet also says it’s a waste of money to study if vitamins can prevent chronic diseases.
I won’t put liberal politics past this. Vitamin D instantly explains the significantly shorter life expectancies that people of African descent have in northern latitudes—but it’s much easier to blame it all on “racism”.
From a biological sense, it does not make any sense whatsoever to take supplements. We evolved eating an omnivorous diet, which remains the diet most suited for our health. In the case of vitamin D, we evolved to make it ourselves in exactly the quantity we need. Unless a specific nutrient is lacking—such as iodine for people who do not have a supply of ocean fish—we should not have to take any supplements.
The effects of chronically overloading one’s body with excess quantities of micronutrients are only now being seriously studied. So far, it looks like this practice has some deleterious health effects.
No one would seriously suggest that one should load up their body with macronutrients (fats, sugars, and proteins). Yet, when it comes to micronutrients, some people eat them like candy. I guess that part of the reason is that we can easily see the effects of gorging on macronutrients—obesity—but the damage caused by gorging on micronutrients is more subtle.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports widespread Vitamin D deficiency amongst British children, whose mothers have been cutting down on sausages and fish, and slather them with sunscreen on those occasions when they are allowed to play outside under the overcast British sky.
I take a multi-vitamin, Glucosimine-Condroitin, Vitamin D3, saw palmetto, 25 mg of DHEA, a supplement for hair and skin, and, one asperin a day.
I’m almost 61 and in great health. Don’t need a little blue pill do get the job done, either.
They do not like our vitamin D. They do not like our expensive pee....
Well, you have one thing going in your favor...vitamin D is pretty harmless in moderate quantities. It is not like vitamin A, which when overdosed can kill your liver because it accumulates in our body. Vitamin C is the least dangerous because it is water soluble.
I am utterly convinced, regular moderate exercise benefits the body more than any food or chemicals. When I worked full time and had little time to exercise, I would get chest pains after enjoying a good meal in a restaurant. Now, no pain, no rapid heartbeat, no more irregular heartbeat.